It’s that time of the year again when the Premier League goes into hyperdrive and managers can finally justify spending tens, of not hundreds of millions of pounds on players to help improve their squad. Starting this Friday 22nd December and progressing onto the 2nd January, most Premier League teams will face the prospect of four matches in around ten days.
Of course, a bumper fixture list over Christmas and New Year means that there’s going to be lots of opportunities to enjoy a flutter on the games and there’s a very interesting offer on at Paddy Power for the game that kicks off the festive programme this Friday between Arsenal and Liverpool.
This is followed by a full programme of games on Saturday 23rd, before the teams are in action once again on Boxing Day, plus two fixtures (one per night) on the 27th and 28th December. Then at the weekend, the teams will play fixtures on the 30th and 31st December before another Bank Holiday looms with another set of fixtures to be played on the 1st and 2nd January.
We’ll bring you more information on the post-Christmas games next week in our article, but for this week we are going to focus predominantly on the betting for this coming weekend, specifically with Paddy Power and chiefly because of its great value offer available for Friday Night’s big Premier League clash.
Paddy Power’s Money Back Special
To qualify for this great offer on Friday night, simply place a bet on the First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Anytime Goalscorer, Correct Score or WhatOddsPaddy markets with Paddy Power on the Arsenal v Liverpool match taking place on Friday night and if Alexis Sanchez scores at any time during the game, then Paddy Power will refund your stake as a free bet, if your bet loses.
The maximum free bet refund you can claim as part of this offer is £10 and your bet must be made before the game kicks off on Friday night to qualify.
It promises to be an intriguing clash between the two teams who have both suffered from periods of poor form over the course of the season, interspersed with some periods when both sides have looked exceptionally good at times.
Currently Liverpool lie fourth in the table with Arsenal just one point behind in fifth place but with a seven-worse goal difference than their Merseyside rivals. Arsenal have plenty to prove in this game after they capitulated in disastrous fashion at Anfield back in August as Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners with Firmino, Mane, Salah and Sturridge grabbing the goals in what was a hapless performance by the Gunners.
Both teams can call on some stellar performers too with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez arguably Arsenal’s two best and most creative players, while Liverpool have the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and the Premier League’s top goalscorer, Mohammed Salah as part of their outstanding attacking groups of players.
Both teams have suffered defensively this season and with both attacks primed to do well, this is a game that could have a festive flurry of goals and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top with crucial Premier League points up for grabs.
My tip here is for an open, free-flowing game and for the attackers to have the better of things and I am backing this to finish in s 2-2 draw. You can back this Correct Score prediction at 9/1 with Paddy Power, or you can back any draw at lower odds of 5/2, also with Paddy Power. Another alternative is to back the draw and both teams to score, which is a 3/1 shot again with Paddy Power.
2 Up You Win Offer
Alternatively, if you think Liverpool or Arsenal will win this game then Paddy Power has a 2 Up You Win offer available when you place a bet on the Correct Score market. Back either team to win and if they go two goals ahead at any point in the game, then Paddy Power will pay your bet out as a winner, even if they subsequently go on to draw or even lose the game.
Arsenal are currently 7/5 with Paddy Power to win the match, with Liverpool the slightly longer shots at odds of 9/5.
After Friday night’s game at the Emirates Stadium, the remaining 18 teams will all be in action on Saturday both during the afternoon and into the evening. The full list of fixtures for Saturday is outlined below. Kick off times are 3pm unless stated otherwise.
Saturday 23rd December
- Everton v Chelsea (12.30pm)
- Southampton v Huddersfield Town
- Manchester City v Bournemouth
- Swansea City v Crystal Palace
- West Ham United v Newcastle United
- Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford
- Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
- Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm)
- Leicester City v Manchester United (7.45pm)
It’s been relatively rare to have so many Premier League games on a single day, as they are usually spread out across Saturday and Sunday and also Friday and Monday at times too. So, with that in mind, this gives us a fantastic opportunity to enjoy another great Paddy Power offer: The sites’ Acca Insurance offer.
Paddy Power Acca Insurance
With this offer, if one leg of a fivefold or more accumulator lets you down, using selections taken from selected markets from any of the top European Leagues, then Paddy Power will refund your losing stake as a free bet. Bets can only be placed on the Win-Draw-Win market on the top European Leagues.
The maximum Free Bet Refund is also limited to £50.
The Premier League is of course one of the competitions included in this offer and with nine games to pick from on Saturday, I have put together the following accumulator for you:
- Arsenal v Liverpool – Draw – 5/2
- Everton v Chelsea – Away Win – 8/13
- Stoke City v West Brom – Draw – 21/10
- Burnley v Tottenham – Away Win – 8/15
- Leicester City v Man Utd – Away Win – 8/11
A £10 stake on this fivefold accumulator would return a total of £464.20 if your bet was a winner, however if any one of the selected matches lets you down, then Paddy Power would refund your £10 stake as a free bet as part of the Acca Bet offer.
Remember too, you can also take advantage of the 2 Up You Win offer on any of the games taking place on Saturday in the Premier League if you place a bet on the Win/Draw/Win market of that match.